Behaviour Management Policy


It is the centre's aim that we endeavour to foster in children the development of self-management and the ability to understand and appreciate other people's feelings , rights and needs.

Behaviour Management Procedures.

1. Staff within the Preschool maintain a consistent program that will enable the children to learn the rules of the classroom. Some of these rules include:

1. We walk inside.

2. We use our inside talking voices.

3.Our hands are for playing/building/painting etc.

4.We listen to our friends.

5.We use our words to solve problems.

2. Staff rephrase behaviours into positive statements. We tell the children WHAT TO DO .....instead of what not to do.

Eg.

The spade is for digging.

Paint stays on the paper.

The stick stays on the tree.

Hold on tight when we climb.

3. Positive reinforcement is used in every situation.

Eg.

I like the way that you are working inside today.

You are clever to turn on the tap all the way off.

4. We use the skill of re-direction to reduce disruptive behaviours. Sometimes children need to be given a quiet time to calm down. In this case we will redirect to another activity and then use positive reinforcement.

Eg.

I want you to come to the playdough table or the block corner.

I like the way that you are reading the books. You are turning the pages carefully.

5. Between the ages of three and five years it is developmentally appropriate for children to disrupt other children's games and have sharing/aggressive conflicts. Our centre is committed to provide developmentally appropriate strategies to assist children in managing these types of incidents. The following are some solutions to difficult behaviours/conflicts.

*If a child knocks down another child's building then...the child is supported to build the building back up again. The child is encouraged to stay and work along side or with the other child. We explain how children feel when their work is destroyed.

* If a child is arguing over a toy and it is leading to aggressive outbursts then...staff support both children. Staff ask the children what is wrong. Staff allow both children to tell their point of view. Staff then allow both children to use the equipment in a fair manner eg. Sue had the spade first. She was digging with it. I know that you would like a turn. When Sue is finished then you will have a turn. Peter, I want you to tell Sue that you are waiting for your turn. Sue you will need to share your spade with Peter when you have finished. Tell Peter that when you have finished he can have a turn.

The teacher then follows this through to ensure that Sue shares the spade with Peter.

6. Children use aggressive behaviours in their play. This is part of their normal development. This does not mean that we accept aggressive behaviours. It implies that we understand that it is normal behaviour. If children are consistently aggressive and we have used all of the above strategies then...a specific program will be developed to assist the child in coping with aggressive behaviours. The program will be supported by the parent's teachers and assistants. Other professionals will be utilised if required. Sometimes the management of these procedures requires that the child spends some quiet time away from other children so that they can calm down and regain self control. This time away is supervised and is not an area where it is labelled the " naughty" area. Children have the opportunity to look at relaxing water wheels and cuddle a soft toy. Sometimes restraint ( supporting children in a cuddle ,child's face away from staff) is used. This method is supported by the child's parents and is acceptable by the Department's Code of Conduct for specific children.

* Behaviour management is ongoing in a preschool. Staff are committed to maintaining and developing new skills and techniques in this area. If you are not happy at any time with the way that we manage the children's behaviours then you have a right to complain.

*We welcome your responses and support.